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Flies And Horse Barn

Horse Health - Banish Bugs From Your Barn
If you live in an area where flies are a problem, you know it can be difficult to keep the pesky little devils away from your horses.

Spray you horse with fly repellent in the morning.
If you live in an area where flies are a problem, you know it can be difficult to keep the pesky little devils away from your horses. Your barn will probably never be completely fly free, but here are some things you can do to slow down the fly invasion.

Dump excess water out of buckets and sweep away puddles. Standing water attracts flies and  mosquitoes.

Open the doors and windows of the barn to let in a breeze. Moving air prevents flies from landing and staying in one place. Wash out feed buckets and mangers every day. Leftover food and dirty buckets attract flies.

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Hang up some fly traps.

Spray your horse with fly repellent every morning—even if he’s staying in the barn during the day.

Muck out on a regular basis. Piles of manure attract flies and manure is a great place for flies to lay their eggs.

Bigger barns often have special misting systems that spray repellent throughout the barn several times a day to cut down on flies. You can also buy a smaller automatic aerosol mister that you can use in one stall.

Stick up traps that catch flies. Some are sticky tapes that you hang around the barn. The flies land on the tape and get stuck. Or you can put up the traps that are containers with a scented liquid in them that attracts flies. The flies get stuck in the container and die.
Place manure piles as far away from the barn as you can.

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Dump manure far from the barn.

You can release "fly predators” in your barn. These are little insects that damage the lifecycle of flies that breed in manure and dirt. You order the fly predators and set them loose on a  monthly basis during the spring and summer. They attack baby flies as they are sleeping in their "pupa” casing and kill them before they can mature into adults.

Use a bug "zapper.” Zappers use black light to lure flies into the trap, then they zap them with electricity. Zappers leave a pile of dead flies on the floor, so you’ll have to sweep them up and toss them out on a regular basis.



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